Pre-filed December 1, 2000, and 1000 copies ordered printed.

ANNE C. WALKER, Chief Clerk



To amend chapter 324, RSMo, relating to occupations and professions, by adding thereto nine new sections relating to the licensing of tanning bed operators, with penalty provisions.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

Section A. Chapter 324, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto nine new sections, to be known as sections 324.630, 324.633, 324.646, 324.649, 324.652, 324.655, 324.658, 324.660 and 324.663, to read as follows:

324.630. For purposes of sections 324.630 to 324.663 of this act, the following terms mean:

(1) "Director", the director of the division of professional registration in the department of economic development;

(2) "Division", the division of professional registration of the department of economic development;

(3) "Photo therapy device", equipment that emits ultraviolet radiation used by a health care professional in the treatment of disease;

(4) "Tanning device", any equipment that emits electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths in the air between 200 and 400 nanometers used for tanning of the skin, including, but not limited to a sunlamp, tanning booth or tanning bed;

(5) "Tanning facility", any location, place, area, structure or business which provides persons access to any tanning device for a fee.

324.633. No person shall operate a tanning facility without a license issued by the director. All licenses issued by the division and every renewal of such license shall be conspicuously displayed in the tanning facility.

324.646. 1. A tanning facility shall give each customer a written statement warning that:

(1) Not wearing the eye protection provided to the customer by the tanning facility may cause damage to the eyes;

(2) Over exposure causes burns;

(3) Repeated exposure may cause premature aging of the skin and skin cancer;

(4) Abnormal skin sensitivity or burning may be caused by certain:

(a) Foods;

(b) Cosmetics;

(c) Medications, including but not limited to, the following:

a. Tranquilizers;

b. Diuretics;

c. Antibiotics;

d. High blood pressure medicines;

e. Birth control pills;

(5) Any person taking a prescription or over-the-counter drug should consult a physician before using a tanning device;

2. A tanning facility shall post a warning sign in any area where a tanning device is used. The sign shall read as follows:


Follow instructions.

Avoid too frequent or too lengthy exposure. As with natural sunlight, exposure can cause eye and skin injury and allergic reactions. Repeated exposure may cause chronic sun damage characterized by wrinkling, dryness, fragility and bruising of the skin, and skin cancer.

Wear protective eyewear.


Ultraviolet radiation from sun lamps will aggravate the effects of the sun. Therefore, do not sunbathe before or after exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

Medication or cosmetics may increase your sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation. Consult a physician before using a tanning device if you are using medications, have a history of skin problems, or believe you are especially sensitive to sunlight. Pregnant women or women on birth control pills who use this product may develop discolored skin.


3. A tanning facility shall not claim, or distribute promotional materials that claim, that using a tanning device is safe or free from risk.

4. The liability of a tanning facility operator or a manufacturer of a tanning device is not changed by giving the warning as provided in subsection 2 of this section.

324.649. 1. A tanning facility shall:

(1) Have an operator present during operating hours who is sufficiently knowledgeable in the correct operation of the tanning devices used at the facility so that he or she is able to inform and assist each customer in the proper use of the tanning devices;

(2) Before each use of a tanning device, provide each customer with properly sanitized protective eyewear that protects the eye from ultraviolet radiation and allows adequate vision to maintain balance; and not allow a person to use a tanning device if that person does not use the protective eyewear;

(3) Show each customer how to use suitable physical aids, such as handrails and markings on the floor, to maintain proper exposure distance as recommended by the manufacturer;

(4) Use a timer that has an accuracy of plus or minus ten percent of any selected timer interval;

(5) Limit each customer to the maximum exposure time as recommended by the manufacturer; and

(6) Control the interior temperature of a tanning facility so that it does not exceed one hundred degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Every person who uses a tanning facility shall sign a written statement acknowledging that he or she has read and understood the warnings provided in section 324.633 before using the device and agrees to use the protective eyewear that the tanning facility provides. The statement of acknowledgment shall be retained by the tanning facility until the end of the calendar year at which time each person who is a current customer of the facility shall be required to renew such acknowledgment.

3. Whenever using a tanning device a person shall use the protective eyewear that the tanning facility provides.

4. Before any person between the ages of fourteen and eighteen uses a tanning device, he or she shall give the tanning facility a statement signed by his or her parent or legal guardian stating that the parent or legal guardian has read and understood the warnings given by the tanning facility, consents to the minor's use of a tanning device, and agrees that the minor will use the protective eyewear that the tanning facility provides.

5. A person under the age of fourteen shall be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when using a tanning device.

6. All tanning devices used by a tanning facility shall comply with all applicable federal laws and regulations.

324.652. 1. The director shall promulgate rules and regulations relative to the hygienic practice of tanning facilities and sanitary operations of tanning facilities. Such rules and regulations shall include:

(1) Standards of hygiene to be met and maintained by the tanning facilities in order to receive and maintain a license to operate a tanning facility;

(2) Procedures to be used to grant, revoke or reinstate a license;

(3) Inspection of tanning facilities; and

(4) Any other matter necessary for the administration of sections 324.630 to 324.663.

2. No rule or portion of a rule promulgated pursuant to the authority of sections 324.630 to 324.663 shall become effective unless it has been promulgated pursuant to the provisions of chapter 536, RSMo.

324.655. The provisions of sections 324.630 to 324.663 shall not apply to a photo therapy device used by or under the direct supervision of a licensed physician who is trained in the use of photo therapy devices.

324.658. 1. The division shall set by rule the appropriate amount of fees authorized pursuant to sections 324.630 to 324.663. The fees shall be set at a level to produce revenue which shall not exceed the cost and expense of administering the provisions of sections 324.630 to 324.663. All funds received by the division pursuant to the provisions of sections 324.630 to 324.663 shall be collected by the director who shall transmit the funds to the department of revenue for deposit in the state treasury to the credit of the "Tanning Facility Fund" which is hereby created.

2. The provisions of section 33.080, RSMo, to the contrary notwithstanding, money in this fund shall not be transferred and placed to the credit of general revenue until the amount in the fund at the end of the biennium exceeds three times the amount of the appropriation from the tanning facility fund for the preceding fiscal year. The amount, if any, in the fund which shall lapse is that amount in the fund which exceeds the appropriate multiple of the appropriations from the tanning facility fund for the preceding fiscal year.

3. No licensing activity or other statutory requirements shall become effective until expenditures or personnel are specifically appropriated for the purpose of conducting the business as required to administer the provisions of sections 324.630 to 324.663 and the initial rules filed have become effective. The director of the division of professional registration shall have the authority to borrow funds from any agency within the division to commence operations upon appropriation for such purpose. This authority shall cease at such time that a sufficient fund has been established by the agency to fund its operations and repay the amount borrowed.

324.660. The division shall employ, within the funds appropriated, such employees as are necessary to carry out the provisions of sections 324.630 to 324.663.

324.663. Any person who violates any provision of sections 324.630 to 324.663 is guilty of a class C misdemeanor.

Missouri House of Representatives